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Bernidita Borja-Aquiningoc at 14 years old, three years after the liberation.

Bernidita Borja-Aquiningoc at 14 years old, three years after the liberation.

July 6, 2013: The Summerville Journal Scene featured this article on Sherry and her mother, Catalina Bernidita Borja-Aquiningoc Wilson, 79 years young and a former World War II prisoner of war. A great article! READ HERE.

July 6, 2013: The Pacific Daily newspaper in Guam featured this article, entitled, “Memories of war: Author recounts her mother’s experiences during occupation of Guam in WWII”

Natural Destiny FINAL ebook coverFive Star Reviews for Natural Destiny

Forgotten Bit of History Remembered 5.0 out of 5 stars Review by By KC
“I have had the good fortune to read Natural Destiny by Sherry Dixon way ahead of its actual publication. I was from the beginning amazed by the forgotten history told in this book. I never learned in all my history classes much of anything at all about Guam and certainly never knew that the United States occupied the island before the fateful bombing by the Japanese that Bernie witnessed. The years of deprivation while incarcerated by the Japanese occupiers would have changed any person, but what an effect a prison camp has on the life of one little girl. This is a MUST READ for all Americans who love history.”

5.0 out of 5 stars Bernie’s Journey, June 7, 2013 Reviewed By John Martin
“A must read book!
That a journey back in time to Guam through the eye’s of A young girl at the start of the Japanese invasion of Guam
This is a book you will share with your friends.”

5.0 out of 5 stars A Part of Chamorro History  Review By Bernard Punzalan
“I enjoyed reading Natural Destiny (a spot-on title for this kind of story); the manner in which Sherry has organized the chapters, and learning more details of some of the events that took place within the Mannengon concentration camp on Guam.
Many Chamorro people have documented their atrocious experiences of the war. Some have recorded their accounts during their initial war claim application in 1946 and through the many years of testimonial proceedings of Guam’s war claim efforts for judicial parity. However and unfortunately, few Chamorro families have published their stories in a book.
This book is a part of Chamorro history and a priceless family legacy to share with others for generations to come. We must not forget the Chamorro peoples’ history and the moral/immoral lessons they have confronted and learned from the past, and which provide for the foundation of their resilience.
Many Americans do not realize that Guam’s people were not just only liberated from the Japanese, but the primary purpose for the U.S. retaking Guam and the Mariana Islands for military strategic purposes indisputably changed the course of World War II in the Pacific. The Chamorro people have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice much more for the United States than people realize. I strongly encourage getting and reading Natural Destiny!”

5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and informative, July 5, 2013 Reviewed By Kay B. Williams “LUV 2 Read” (Saint Matthews, SC)
“This was a true story and told the story about the people of Guam during World War II a subject you don’t read much about. I had read about Guam from the Ameriacan perpective but never from the Guanamanian point of view.”

5.0 out of 5 stars Natural Destiny Reviewed By Debi Merchant
“Natural Destiny is an amazing book and work of love by first time author Sherry Dixon! She has woven a story based on the true account of her mother’s life during WWII that will captivate you from the time you read the first lines until you read the last. It not only tells of the atrocities of WWII on the island of Guam, but it tells how a young girl survived all that with love, courage, family, faith, and forgiveness. I highly recommend this book!!” — Debi Merchant, author, speaker, and humorist

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book, January 27, 2013 Review By Elisa Welch
“I am not one who reads very much but when I started reading this book, I could not put it down. Sherry Dixon has a way of capturing you in this book! I never knew that the people of Guam went through all of this unforunate terror. My husband and I both read the book in one sitting! Sherry Dixon has a way of making you feel you are there enduring all the pain and suffering “Bernie” went through. Excellent book! I would recommend that EVERYONE read this book!! Looking forward to the next book Mrs. Dixon shares with us all.”

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